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&t. ♪ >>> a massive anti-government protest is under way in cairo today. opponents of egypt's newly elected president is going to pull back of his decrees issued last friday. nbc's ayman mulhedian has the report. >> reporter: tens of thousands of egyptians are expected to pour into the tahrir square on thursday demanding president morsi rescind a decree that gave him sweeping new powers, particularly the ability to legislate without any judicial review. outside the u.s. embassy, r rioters clashed. now president morsi has defended his decision saying he had to take the measure because of judicial interference. he said the egypt judicial is full of remnants of the old regime and not allowing him to get anything done in the country. organizations have been concerned that morsi and his muslim brotherhood are trying to usurp power in the country. it has left hundreds of people injured and a few deaths. officials in cairo are concerned about growing confrontations. arriva reporting for nbc news, cairo. >>> meantime in the west bank, scientists are studying the remains of yasser arafat. looking for more clu
soldiers. >>> protestors are once again gathering tahrir square in cairo. people are angry about president mohammed morsi giving himself nearly absolute power. as cbs 5 reporter ines ferre tells us -- >> reporter: demonstrators ran from egyptian police who launched tear gas cannisters into the crowd. it's the second day of protests over president morsi's decree giving him sweeping new powers which exempt him from judicial oversight. there were clashes outside the high court in cairo. and inside, at least 150 judges, lawyers and prosecutors demanded morsi withdraw his declaration. morsi's power grab came one day after winning international praise for helping broker a cease fire between israel and hamas. >> the timing of it. the day after he gets all this international applause would suggest that he was using the cover of the international approval to do something that he knew under other circumstances would have registered stronger criticism. >> reporter: morsi said the move is temporary while his country is in political transition but some aren't so sure. >> he swore to protect the low con
plan to stage a massive demonstration tomorrow. holly williams is in cairo and has been watching this whole crisis unfold. >> reporter: a week after president mohamed morsi gave himself broad new powers that some egyptians say make him a dictator in all but name his islamist allies have rushed to finish a final draft of the country's constitution. it could now be put to a referendum before the end of the year. protests and violent clashes in cities across egypt, president morsi defended his power grab last night on egyptian state tv. he said his new authority is needed to guide egypt through its democratic transition and that he will give up his expanded powers once the country has a new constitution. a final draft of the constitution is now complete, written and voted on by a panel dominated by president's morsi's political allies, neither all of them islamists. the constitution gives islamic sharia law a more specific role in government and doesn't guarantee women's equality. it also empowers the state to defend morals and values. critics like human rights lawyer say that could
for those who gathered in the center of cairo. some of the injured are children. demonstrators aves inning president morsi rescind his powers. there is going to and massive sit-in. supporters of the egyptian judiciary chanted outside. some judges and prosecutors are on strike because morsi didn't back down. they accuse him of a power grab and an attack on the courts. he said he had ensuring justice. >>> there is is an encouraging sign that the count cease-fire between israel and the hamas militant group will hole. in the gaza strip, they announced it would be a sin for anyone who violates the truce. they issued a religious he had dike and it helps legitimize the cease-fire. the agreement remains fragile as nothing has been worked out other than the cease-fire. >>> israel is the target of another militant group. hezbollah is warning they will fire rockets into tel aviv if a war breaks out. they fought against hezbollah in 2006. >>> we are learning about a plane crash that killed a danville man. russell hackler was killed when his single engine plane crashed into the hillside of the airport.
in egypt. here in cairo, protesters are angry with president morsi, throwing stones at police. the police firing back with tear gas. yesterday in a town one person was killed when an angry crowd attacked the local office of the muslim brotherhood. that is the islamist group in which the president draws so much of his support. here in sigh roe, on the square the birthplace of the egyptian revolution last year people protested, are camped out, and say they won't leave until president morsi agrees to assume the decree that has given him these sweeping new powers. >> any sign president morsi is willing to compromise? >> reporter: well many egyptians still support president morsi, but three of his senior advisers resigned and yesterday the egyptian stock market plunged by nearly 10%, perhaps the reason president morsi is sounding much more conciliatory, meeting today with a group of very senior judges and reiterated these measures are supposed to be temporary. he's promised he will relinquish them next year when egypt gets a new constitution and a new parliament, but the p
opened in cairo since the truce last week, ending eight days of heavy fighting. israel carried out nearly 15 air strikes on the gaza strip during that time period. >>> well, leland yee says he will run for secretary of state. the paper reports that he plans to run for the office in two years. that's when his term expires. the former san francisco supervisor made an unsuccessful bid for mayor of san francisco last year. >>> well, interior secretary ken salazar is expected to decide this week whether a 70- year-old oyster farm on the point reyes national seashore can keep up rating. the drake company wants a ten- year extension of the lease. it runs out at the end of the month. environmentists and park officials say the oyster farm is threatening harbor sales and other native species at point reyes. but supporters including dianne feinstein say park officials misrepresented the impact of the oyster farm on the environment. >>> 8:20. a 14-year-old vallejo teenager accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 65-year- old woman will be in court. prosecutors say the 14-year-old boy abducted
directly with terrorist organizations. then it's off to cairo and a meet with president morsi because it is the egyptian president that is the liaison if you will in these talks with hamas. the goal here is to create space, buy time to try to see if they can prevent israel from doing a full-fledged ground invasion. seeing if they can get some sort of temporary cease-fire to create room for a more negotiated settlement. shuttle diplomacy is back. >> what about the risk/reward. if she accomplishes something, then that's a great feather in her cap and the administration's. but if she doesn't, does she come off as being ineffective? >> well, there is a risk to this. i talked to the white house aides. i said, look, are you sendinger in because you think there's something precooked that they have a possibility of basically pushing this over the finish line, getting it done and they admitted they're not there. they do feel as if it is needed to sort of nudge things along. you are right, politically, this could be a great way for secretary clinton to finish her four-year tenure at the state d
the president's power graham grab there. nbc eayman mohyeldin is in cairo with the latest on this. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. a few days ago president morrisey of egypt was receiving praise from around the world including u.s. president barack obama for brokering that cease-fire and today he's coming under criticism that puts him in conflict with the top judges that. political fight is spilling over into the streets, claiming lives and plunging the country's economy into turmoil, and more importantly it is threatening the country's post-revolutionary progress. for a fourth straight night protest efforts attacked the offices of president mohamed morsi's freedom and justice party. the political wing of the muslim brotherhood. demonstrators are angry at president morsmorsi's latest decision, one that's reverting the country to a dictatorship. >> we want a contry of institutions, not symbolized in one person who makes all decisions and nobody can say no. >> reporter: morsi's decree gave him legislative powers and extended the time to write a new constitution by two months
, where protests have erupted over president mohamed morsi's decree expanding his power. jim is in cairo. good morning. >> reporter: almost two years after their revolution, egyptians seem more divided than ever. after many hear their elected leader has driven the wedge deeper and wider. at dawn, there were more tents and protesters around tahrir square, but that didn't stop clashes with police, where protesters blocked traffic defying president mohamed morsi's orders. after morsi declared sweeping powers for himself, leaving him above the law. >> translator: we are here because the goals of the revolution have yet to be achieved. >> reporter: morsi told his supporters he had to take radical measures to protect the revolution. and fast track a new constitution being written by a mostly islamist assembly, after which he said he'd give up those powers. yes, he might be a dictator for the time being, but these powers will be transferred to an elected parliament, he said. but the decrees have triggered protests and riots across the nation. dozens were injured in alexandria when angry youth s
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